Journey to the Manger: Angel Gabriel

Jackson tells the story of God's great love with the Nativity scene he made today. Most of his retelling was word-for-word from Scripture. This story has been imprinted on his heart!

Jackson tells the story of God’s great love with the Nativity scene he made today. Most of his retelling was word-for-word from Scripture. God has imprinted this story on his heart!

Today we listened to the Angel Gabriel’s message of joy on our Journey to the Manger.

Angel Gabriel

Angel Gabriel

God sent Gabriel with a message for Zechariah and for Mary. The Angel gave each a miraculous birth announcement. Zechariah’s wife Elizabeth would have a baby when she was past child-bearing years. Mary would be blessed with a supernatural conception, though she was a virgin, and carry the Son of God. These messages were incredible, humbling, extraordinary and overwhelming. Gabriel delivered each with boldness and grace.

Gabriel carried good news! Knowing that his arrival would startle both, he met the old priest and young girl with words of kindness—”Do not be afraid.” He offered encouragement and instruction. He extended hope. Read his messages in Luke Chapter 1.

Today, the kids and I made our own nativity sets (find the template here). We colored and cut and practiced sharing the amazing story of Jesus coming here to show us what love is. Then, we prayed for God to show us people who need to know God’s great love for them this Christmas.

We are God’s messengers, too! We can proclaim the Good News to our families, neighbors and friends. We can speak of Jesus, offering His kindness, encouragement and hope. We must listen to God’s voice, and be ready to proclaim God’s love and truth as the Holy Spirit leads.

The world needs God’s message of hope. Share it this Christmas!

The kids loved making their own nativities.

The kids loved making their own nativities.


Click here to learn more about celebrating Advent with your family this Christmas, including access to a Scripture plan, free downloads and activity ideas. For more on Journey to the Manger, an advent experience from Focus on the Family, visit the Thriving Family website.

Filling the sky

The Cobb family angel chorus

The Cobb family angel chorus

Christmas Countdown Day 18 focused on the angels. When the shepherds were in the fields, the heavens opened, and an angel announced the great news that the Messiah had been born. Then, the heavenly hosts filled the skies, praising God for what He had done and what He would do here on earth. Jackson and Lauren decided to dress up to retell this amazing scene. After they were in costume, Jackson came to the shepherds and shared the message that Jesus was here and in the stable wrapped in swaddling clothes. Then Lauren appeared too, and they made up a song to worship God and proclaim God’s peace. We talked about why the angels decided to light up the sky that night: to share the Good News about Jesus and to praise God. We decided that this Christmas, we could join the angels in their mission: to fill the earth with God’s message and the skies with His praises. We prayed that we would take the opportunities that God gives us to share the wonderful news with others that Jesus came to save us, and that we would look for ways to praise our great God.

Our "throng of angels" ornament

Our “throng of angels” ornament (Lauren likes to bedazzle!)